In the 20 years the PAS have been active they have recorded over 1.3 million finds, almost all of it was unearthed by metal-detector users, whose hobby has found small screen fame in BBC comedy, Detectorists.
“It’s a real buzz when you’re getting good signals,” says Brian Read, 78.
“It can of course turn out to be lead.”
For some it may seem an unlikely hobby; scouring the land for forgotten bits of metal with a pair of headphones on.
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